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Five on women's soccer team get MAC accolades

Nov. 30, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Five members of the Western Michigan University women's soccer team were honored by the Mid-American Conference for their performances in the Broncos' 2005 season.

Junior Chantal Robinson of Midland, Mich., was named to the All-MAC First Team, while seniors Katie Ruzinsky of Shelby Township, Mich., and Chelsea McNally of Tucson, Ariz., and junior Mandi Marsh from Grosse Pointe Park, Mich., were chosen to the All-MAC Second Team. Thalia Playford of Sudbury, Ontario, earned MAC All-Freshman Team recognition.

Honored as one of the top three defenders in the league, Robinson ranks as the Broncos' all-time assist leader (23), leading the team with six helpers this season. She ranks fifth in MAC assists (0.33 avg.) and is WMU's leading active career scorer with 47 points.

Ruzinsky, who earned All-MAC First Team accolades last season, notched the game-winning goal against Ohio and assisted on the game-winner against Eastern Michigan. The midfielder was also named to the TD Banknorth Classic All-Tournament Team and finished third in team scoring with 10 points (4 goals, 2 assists) in 19 games.

McNally, an All-MAC Second Team selection in 2004, shared team honors with three game-winning goals. She earned MAC Player of the Week honors in October and scored a pair of goals against Toledo. She was recently named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV Third Team. Although a defender, McNally still managed to lead active Broncos in career goals (13).

Marsh scored game-winning goals against Bowling Green, Central Michigan and Northern Illinois and led the Broncos in shots (38). Marsh appeared in all 19 games (making 11 starts), registering four goals and eight points at the forward position.

Playford led WMU in goals (6) and points (13), ranking in the top 10 among MAC players in both categories. The first-year forward tallied goals in four straight games and scored twice against regular season champion Bowling Green.

WMU finished its season 10-8-1 overall and 8-3-0 against MAC opponents. The Broncos placed third in the conference and were upset by lower-seeded Central Michigan University in the MAC Tournament Quarterfinals played in Kalamazoo.

Media contact: Daniel Jankowski, (269) 387-4138, daniel.jankowski@wmich.edu

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